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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Debian and package-framework

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Debian and package-framework
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 08:12:03 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Miles> I think that has more to do with the creators' personalities (and in
Miles> some cases, history) than any kind of actual necessity.
> I would be very curious to find out what Stefan Monnier thinks about
> that.  (I'm under that impression that he's relatively sympathetic to
> package managers, compared to the typical Emacs hacker.)  Stefan, if
> you would be so kind?

I don't know enough about other cases to have a clear opinion, but in my
case, the reason why I'm interested in having some kind of package-installer
for Emacs is that:

- every Emacs package does it, tho differently every time.  The most common
  method is to provide a list of manual steps :-(
- many Emacs packages are a single file, and I'd rather not wrap them in
  a whole separate directory with a couple extra files on the side for meta
  data, just for the sake of package management.
- the compilation step is usually trivial, so things like autoconf aren't
  very useful since they don't provide much useful support for install.
- most existing package management I've bumped into tend to be focussed on
  system-wide install, whereas I expect that many Emacs users need to
  install packages in their home dir.


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